With a keen eye for detail, a strong ear for dialogue, and an intuitive feel for narrative, Lisa Martin’s editorial comments pushed me to elevate The Unfinished Child to another level. [She] complimented my book’s strengths while simultaneously challenging its weaknesses. Rigorous yet fair, she provided exacting and insightful editorial contributions. I cannot imagine a better editing experience.

-Theresa Shea, best-selling author of The Unfinished Child


Throughout our work together on my essay, “Loving Benjamin,” for the anthology How To Expect What You’re Not Expecting, Lisa remained engaged, respectful, curious and generous, offering her wealth of experience in both writing and teaching in service to my work without taking over. Lisa also proved to be demanding, in the best possible sense of the word, willing to wait through multiple drafts for me to find just the right word or phrase if I wasn’t 100% happy; not only did this help me become a better writer, it taught me that this kind of patience and commitment doesn’t have to be brutal or damaging but can be a joyful, intellectually satisfying and rich artistic process.

-Gail Marlene Schwartz, Freelance Writer


I thoroughly enjoyed working with Lisa Martin on my essay “Delivery.” Lisa edits like the poet she is. She follows an inquiring line of thought to its conclusion, with patience, confidence, and a sure eye for what matters. Working with material close to the heart is not an easy task for an editor, and Lisa showed uncommon sensitivity, while simultaneously pushing for greater depth: she earned my trust. The end result is an essay lifted and lit by combined, collaborative effort.

Carrie Snyder, author of The Juliet Stories, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards


If you are looking for support in beginning or completing a project, feedback at any stage in the process, or experienced professional editing for a completed manuscript, I would be happy to speak with you to see if my editorial services might be a good fit for your needs.

Since 2006, I have been a freelance copy-editor and substantive editor for various literary presses. I have recently co-edited an anthology of literary essays by some of Canada’s best non-fiction writers (How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting: Stories of Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Loss). I have been teaching writing to university students, in groups and one-on-one, since 2006.



(Rates suggested by The Writers’ Union of Canada)

• Substantive or Structural Editing: $50/hr

• Copy-Editing: $40/hr